A group of undercover officers raided an east Payson home Saturday evening, arresting several on drug related charges and one man for assault after he allegedly kicked an officer in the groin.
The 4 p.m. raid surprised neighbors who said they heard several loud noises and when they looked outside, saw people in civilian clothing pointing guns at the home.
One neighbor said he thought they were playing paintball since one of the men had camouflage on, but quickly realized the guns were real.
Nine officers with Payson’s special enforcement unit and special response team and the Gila County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the home in the 300 block of East Cherry.
Officers arrested three men in the home.
Clint Gimlen, 39, was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and involving a minor in a drug offense; and Thomas Hogan, 28, hindering prosecution and a valid warrant.
A 17-year-old male juvenile was also arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a dangerous drug, use of a dangerous drug and aggravated assault on a police officer.
The teen reportedly kicked an officer in the crotch while at Payson Regional Medical Center. Sgt. Dean Faust said it is protocol to bring an arrestee to the hospital for a check over. While the teen was in the emergency room, he kicked an officer, Faust said. The officer was not seriously injured.
Hogan and Gimlen were booked into the Gila County Jail while the juvenile was transported to a juvenile detention facility in Globe.
One neighbor reported it was common to see vehicles coming and going from the home at all hours of the day, sometimes staying only briefly.